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One of ancient Greeces tragic plays in entitled The Bacchae written by Euripides Many larger and deeper philosophical views are expressed in the play The plot contains many speeches and one might think at certain points that they would be the moral The actual moral however is almost impossible to define Euripides uses a style of writing that is heavy with surreal details that are not present in other Greek tragedies On page 21 lines 506-7 the comment How do you live What are you doing Who are you You dont know helps the reader to comprehend what the play is all about when looked at from a critical point of view Dionysus throughout the play speaks in a term that is almost cynical His tone is mocking and at times sarcastic Many times in the play he refers to himself in the third person to heighten the sense of his power that the characters receive in the play as well as make himself out to be a messenger of Dionysus not the god himself He encourages all to let out their true nature As a god in ancient Greece he stood for wine and drunkenness ecstasy sexual being dance and madness It is hinted many times throughout the reading that Dionysus has a revenge motive It is as if he wants to punish the population of Thebes for not taking his true power seriously When he appeared on Earth he could have made himself look like an all powerful god but instead took on the form of a deviant youth and a weakling He is irrational and one can pick up a sense of his wrath toward the people Knowing all this when Dionysus said How do live What are you doing Who are you You dont know it is easier to define the meaning behind the statement Dionysus knew all along what his plan was against the people of Thebes He
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